What’s the factor that makes a design ageless? Timeless? What sustains a design over time and elevates it to the status of a classic?
The answer is soul.
Soul is the unseen element that animates a piece or product, giving it meaning. Giving it beauty and usefulness that extend beyond the current day. Soul is what binds a design to people’s lives and experiences.
Designing with soul is part of the Coalesse ethos. We’re here to develop furniture and create workspaces that support people’s passions — and that make work more human. As our new brand book puts it, our work is to instill workplaces with warmth, vitality and soul.
We believe that the best design thinking, from past to present, begins with empathy — an awareness of what our fellow humans are feeling and what they need.
When designers can empathize, they can connect. And those human connections can inspire solutions that are masterful and elegant. Designs that work — and that matter.
What we often discover in these timeless designs — what we find when we experience them — is the soul of the designer shining through.
Enduring lounge and café spaces. With its easy comfort, versatile functionality and intriguing mix of materials, the Lagunitas Lounge System makes room for meaningful work and conversations in the office. The growing collection is the award-winning outcome of our collaboration with Milan-based designer Toan Nguyen. Elegant and modular, the Lagunitas Lounge System is pictured here with the Viccarbe Imports Collection Ace Armchair, the EMU Heaven Pouf/Side Table and the Viccarbe Imports Collection Burin Mini Table.
Soulful destinations in the office. Timeless beauty, comfort, craftsmanship and sustainability are ingrained in every design from the famed Danish furnituremaker Carl Hansen & Son. Whether it’s the aesthetics and quality of a Hans J. Wegner design or the comfort and expression of the EOOS-designed Carl Hansen Embrace Chair CHE005 (pictured here), these classic artifacts have soul.
Just as these timeless furniture pieces reflect their designer’s soul and personality, so the look, feel and function of the workspace can reflect the individuality of the interior designer and architect.
Soulful spaces give workers a sense of connection to the past and the future — to enduring traditions and a progressive vision. They’re spaces that attract, engage and inspire teams to do their best work.
They’re lounges, work cafés and in-between spaces that feel less sterile and more personal. Less dormant and more stirring. Less like the office and more like home.
For more workplace design ideas with soul, see our photo gallery.
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